Roman Dead

Styx Stones and Roman Bones

This summer take a journey to the underworld of ancient Roman history at the Museum of London Docklands. Styx, stones and Roman bones is a series of interactive shows bringing to life the stories of the Roman Dead throughout August. Children aged 7 and up will love hearing the bizarre and macabre tales of old bones and ancient mythology.

The Romans had unique beliefs surrounding death, which affected how they lived their lives. Romans would often have money, food and other items placed into their graves, as they believed their souls would need such objects for the journey around the River Styx, which wound its way through the Underworld nine times.

Solve an Ancient Mystery

Families will be told the story of Roman Londoner Grata who passed away over 1,800 years ago. They’ll then help solve the mysteries of her death so that her soul can cross the River Styx to the Underworld as it should have long ago.

Learn what she has seen over the centuries and explore the differences between modern London and Roman Londinuim. Then, help Grata finish the journey she started by recreating a Roman funeral to guide her to the Underworld.

Celebrate Grata’s life with music and other Roman traditions in this exciting interactive and sensory show!

Beware! This is not one for the faint hearted as real human bones will be shown and displayed!

Roman Dead

Last year, a Roman sarcophagus was found near to Harper Road in Southwark. The Roman Dead exhibition is all about what this unique find can tell us about the ancient city, Londinium, that 8 million people now call home.

The exhibition features the sarcophagus alongside the skeletons and the cremated remains of 28 Roman Londoners found during archaeological excavations of ancient cemeteries. Visitors can explore over 200 objects from burial practices and funerary rites from ancient Londinium.

Many items were brought here from across the Empire, showing the extent of London’s international connections. Roman Dead will also use these grave goods and the results of scientific analysis of ancient Londoners’ skeletons to explore who Roman Londoners were, and show the surprising diversity of the ancient city

Roman Mysteries

Author Caroline Lawrence, the author of the bestselling Roman Mysteries children’s books will give an exclusive reading of her new novel on August 18th.

“The Girl with the Ivory Knife” is the first of a new series of time travel books from Caroline. The story was inspired by a female skeleton and the exotic ivory handled knife that she was discovered with, which is currently part of the Roman Dead display.

Caroline will give an exclusive reading from the new book, which is due out in April 2019, before showing guests through the exhibition.

Further Information:

When: 1st-31st August 2018

Where:Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL


A relaxed performance will take place on 11 Aug at 11:30am for visitors who might benefit from a more relaxed environment including those with autism, learning difficulties, sensory or communication needs and their families.

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